Businesses and event organizers clamor for the cancellation of the Midtown Music Festival
ATLANTA – Businesses looking forward to Music Midtown’s return are buzzing about the sudden cancellation of the annual Piedmont Park festival.
“We were definitely disappointed,” says Luz Martinez of Zocalo Restaurant in Midtown.
Music Midtown on Monday announced that it had to cancel its 2022 festival due to “situations beyond our control”. Channel 2 got to know Georgia’s gun debate was only part of the reason why it was cancelled.
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The festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the Southeast, and Martinez says her restaurant will be free of large crowds.
“Oh, they’re going to lose for sure,” Martinez said.
Sources told Channel 2 that a man in Monroe County was challenging public events to prevent people from carrying weapons in public places.
Channel 2 received an email from two independent sources showing a Monroe County man approaching the festival. Parts of the email read: “If any member of your security team accuses a person of legally transporting weapons and prevents their entry or ejects them just because they are legally armed. your company may be sued for damages and all related legal costs, not to mention Live Nation. “
This is not the first time a judge has heard a case like this.
Georgia law of 2014 allows people to carry guns on public land. The case involved a Georgian versus the Botanical Garden. The man argued they couldn’t ban the weapons, but a judge said they could because the Botanical Gardens had a long-term lease.
Many people wonder if this applies to Music Midtown.
John Monroe with GA2A, a state gun-rights organization, said probably not, “It’s been the law for many years in Georgia if a private organization like Live Nation, which promotes Midtown Music, would be the law for years. , if they rent out the property they have a festival on from a public entity like in this case the city of Atlanta at Piedmont Park, they must comply with the rules regarding public property. “
Michael Zilla lives in Midtown and has attended the festival before, “I don’t believe that any kind of weapon should be brought into any kind of big festival, because you can’t control the chaos.”
Many are now concerned about future events at Piedmont Park, especially since the Atlanta Pride Festival is coming up, “We have included the Georgia Expansion Law in our security plans. us for many years now. While we would certainly like to see more regulation and the possibility of gun restrictions, it’s just because we think large crowds and guns don’t mix,” said Jamie Fergerson from the Atlanta Pride Commission.
The Atlanta Pride Commission said it would not be canceling the event, but would have added security. Meanwhile, those who bought tickets to Music Midtown can get a refund.
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